What should I do if my HVAC system is impacted by flooding? Published on September 08, 2017 Hurricane season can bring some unanticipated conditions, leaving you to cope with flooding or damage to your heating and cooling system. Before you begin to salvage or operate water-damaged equipment, it’s critical to recognize the right steps you should take to remain safe. The following safety tips will help you take action following extreme weather in Toronto: Turn off all electrical switches and gas valves. Be mindful to turn off all of the switches (i.e., disconnects and breakers) to the heating and cooling equipment. If your furnace or water heater was flooded, shut off gas valves to stop exposure to leaking gas. Dry out equipment. If your home’s heating and cooling equipment was under water, open it up and let air circulation to speed the drying process. Have equipment and wiring inspected. Do not turn on flooded equipment until a professional has checked the equipment. It will also be important to have a reputable electrician or a technician from a Toronto power company check out your home’s internal wiring to ensure it is dry and safe before power is reestablished to your home. Don’t rush to reconnect. If the power company gives the green light to turn on the electricity at your residence, but you think you there may be a problem with your heating and cooling equipment, give our experts a call so we can help you evaluate the situation. You should also consider the following to establish if your heating and cooling equipment is salvageable or should be replaced: The amount of time the equipment was flooded; Whether the electricity was on when the water flooded the unit; or If the equipment contains a lot of debris and dirt. Remember, if you sure about doing it on your own, call us at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible. Our experts are trained to perform safety inspections and help you assess severe weather damage to your HVAC unit. We can take a look at your system to make sure it’s running properly and to decide if it can continue to run efficiently without replacement. Give us a call at 905-453-6700 if you have any questions or concerns about your heating and cooling system, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a severe weather consultation. You can also check out our online scheduler to easily request an appointment.